Chris recently left and will be gone for "a (long-ish) while." I took the girls out to chase the boat as it went down the river and out to sea. It is always hard to do this, but I think involving them in these "silly" traditions will help make the transitions easier. They sure did love it. We got to stand out in the mist and hear the fog horn as we watched the boat drive past the light house and out to calmer and deeper waters. I had a wonderful chance to see my girls embrace their lifestyle and be so brave in the face of what will be a challenging time. There are days when I realize what it really means to do this job, and I am so proud it almost hurts. I am sure time will fly and before we know it we will be chasing the boat the other way and cheering for their safe return.